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Flying Rainbow Dash Version 1 by TheRealDJTHED Flying Rainbow Dash Version 1 by TheRealDJTHED
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Version 2 can be found here:

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As promised, here's another render showing off the wings a bit more. Just keep in mind that for the functionality to work, I needed to increase the density of the feathers quite drastically compared to the show-style wings. The wings I have here are able to fold up and spread without model swaps, which I felt was the most important things to get working when figuring out wings. But in terms of their cosmetic look, I'd certainly like to hear some more feedback.

The wings are the same model I used in the last render, but I also changed a few things with the materials for the model as a whole. The most prominent change is the change to the hair materials, which should actually shade more like hair compared to before (the Specular highlight is no longer just plain white):

Before: TestRender3 v5 (HAIR BEFORE) by TheRealDJTHED After: TestRender3 v8 (HAIR AFTER) by TheRealDJTHED

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:iconemseeare:
EmSeeAre Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2019
I like better than :icon-KP-shadowsquirrel: 's model
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:iconemseeare:
EmSeeAre Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2019
Just one more season and we'll finally be done with these colorful horses.
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PinkyMusic Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2019
She looks awesome!
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EqDBot Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2019
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JSC5891 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2019  New Deviant
Really nice model! :)
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:iconmacloud34100:
macloud34100 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2019  Hobbyist Filmographer
Great Model Of Rainbow Dash. :D
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:iconpanhead537:
PanHead537 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2019
This is a beautiful model of Dash!
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:iconrbennett8799:
rbennett8799 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2019   Digital Artist
Awesome
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:iconstephen-fisher:
Stephen-Fisher Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2019  Professional
Yeah! i expected to see that 3D Characters in MLP 2021 Movie!!! ;D
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:iconpanhead537:
PanHead537 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2019
I'm still wondering who the new mane cast of MLP G5 will B.
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:iconrusreality:
RusReality Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2019
Good model!
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:icondracoblair:
DracoBlair Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the wings. Must've taken hours to get them right
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:iconswordsparks:
SwordSparks Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Outstanding! Your renders are always spectacular to see!
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:iconbluewingfairy:
bluewingfairy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2019
Good morning, great pose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
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:iconhcshannon:
HCShannon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, what software did you use?
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:iconkatieplayzartz:
KatiePlayzArtz Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YEAH! im curious aswell!
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:iconfirestormdangerdash:
FirestormDangerDash Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2019
I just want more games now. =T
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:iconabysspoptv:
abysspoptv Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! impressive!
do you take points commissions?
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:iconmokey1980s:
Mokey1980s Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019
Very nice change, the hair does look better by comparison, even if the change was minor.
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AffableDragon Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't want to be rude, the model is very good, but the wings look really off. They look like cardboard glued onto her, and the feather shapes themselves look nothing like real feathers (or like the feathers in the show). I think studying bird wing anatomy would help a lot!
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:iconallylox007:
Allylox007 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019
So awesome as always she is 
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:iconvampiriccorruption:
VampiricCorruption Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019
She is fab horse!!
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:iconx-force02ranger:
X-Force02ranger Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Student Traditional Artist
beauty <3<3<3
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LazyTap Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Student Digital Artist
Rainbowww O.O UWU
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:iconartreall:
artReall Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!:D
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:iconwillow3po:
Willow3po Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These should be used for a movie
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:iconxppp1n:
Xppp1N Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Weak chin
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TrulyLimboGene Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
I love these a lot. I hope you manage to animate all of the mane 6 when you're finished.
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Peekofwar Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019
I don't know if you did any post-render editing, but the mane looks really good. The hairs look very realistic.
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Peekofwar Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019
I don't know exactly why, but Rainbow Dash is my favorite of the Mane 6.
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WubcakeVA Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The wings look a little like paper taped on her back. The feathers at the top are a little out of place, almost a slapped on look, like a cover.
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Peekofwar Featured By Owner Edited Mar 13, 2019
Could be the view angle.
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:iconlizardwithhat:
LizardWithHat Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, thats very cute and very cool :D
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RJDETONADOR97 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice!
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:iconmonoex:
Monoex Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, I love the mane/tail texture! Looks so realistic!
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:iconpurpleamesty:
PurpleAmesty Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh my God, that's a cute pony. Why they don't exist?!
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:icondarthlangdon:
DarthLangdon Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Student Digital Artist
Well done!
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:iconrenokim:
RenoKim Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Student Digital Artist
EPIC
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Kenisu-of-Dragons Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Here's to hoping the upcoming cg movie looks along the lines of this. 
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Ihmislehma Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
The wings are very close to the show style, all things considered, but very much hurt the bird enthusiastic in me ^^' However, I'm also not a 3D artist and don't know how easy or hard it is to create a mixture of show accurate and foldable wings that would also conform to the actual wing structure of birds.
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TheRealDJTHED Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Hobbyist Filmographer
I am curious though, what is it with the wings that bother you? You don't have to understand the technicalities of the rig itself, but I'd like to hear feedback from someone who knows more about wings than I do, regardless of how applicable the feedback is. I'd be happy to hear what you think.
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Ihmislehma Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand you're going for simplified, and that's very okay! Having full blowin wings on this kinda pony looks a bit off, quite easily.

Now, what bothers me are the feather planes and how they're set up, along with a few minor layering issues.
What you have visible here seem to be Primaries, Secondaries, Major coverts and Minor coverts. These two show well what I mean, though both focus on the topside more: Avian Wing Anatomy and Bird Wings (Tutorial). You don't have Alula visible, and I don't think that's necessary for stylized pony wings.

It's good to understand how the bones work underneath. The two tutorials show that much better than I could, and the second has a good example of how wings fold. That will be important to you, after all - wings always fold in a very specific manner. This tutorial also shows excellently how wings fold: Folded Bird Wings

The final issue is layering. I won't go into feather shape too much, but currently they look like planes of paper stacked on top of each other, not very appealing. The layering is also wrong, especially for the Minor Coverts. I plotted how your layering reads to me: Layers 1 There are several issues here, but let's tacke then one at a time.
Primaries and Secondaries have the least problems. The only issue it that major coverts never go under primaries or secondaries, they always go on top. Secondaries are small, but that's more of an MLP aesthetic.
Major Coverts also have relatively few issues, mostly some angling and the aforementioned layering.
Minor Coverts have the most issues. There are several reasons. First, they angle oddly. Second, there's only one flat set, making them look like paper.

Here's a proposed example of how they could look:
Everything by Ihmislehma
I took some liberties with shape and layering, and the planes show through each other. Here's the breakdowns:
Primarysecondary This shows primaries in red and secondaries in green. These are the largest feathers, and the longest, in a wing. Note that the do stack above each other, and the angle of the primaries.
Majorcoverts This shows proposed major coverts alone. They stack over primaries and secondaries, and also partially layer over each other. Again, not the angle of the major coverst around primaries.
Minorcoverts And finally the actual troublemaker, the minor coverts. Unlike in the finished piece, this only shows one "plane" of them. Simply fixing the angle of the minor coverts around primaries will help, but it won't do everything - a second or third layer may be in order.

Finally there is the case of the material - your feathers look like paper. And that comes with them being pony wings. But you seem to be going for something of a semi-realistic look, and the wings may need to follow that.
Some notes:
Feathers aren't as much transparent, as they are thin material letting light through. This photograph shows excellently that: The Flight
Wings are also somewhat rounded, especially around the leading edge - that's what keeps them airborne, among other things. You may need to thicken this area somewhat.
One thing that could help make the feather look less like paper, is allowing some feather texture showing through. As you can see in this photograph here: FeatheR feathers have a shaft and barbs. Showing some texturing and "barb separation" at the edges may help. You might test out hinting at the shaft, see if it does any good.

Here are three very informative Wiki links around the topic, to end this super long comment:

I hope this comes off as informative!
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TheRealDJTHED Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Hobbyist Filmographer
This is actually a massive help, thank you! Having drawovers/redlines are especially helpful for someone like me. I think I'll spend a few days to interpret and apply as much of your feedback as I can. I may send you a note later to show revision progress hopefully in a few days (or more depending on if I run into technical hurdles). Again, thank you for taking the time to write this up!
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Ihmislehma Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad I was able to help! I do get a little passionate about wings and birds sometimes, and I have been building my own pegasi subspecies so I've had to think around the whole "how do I make real wings into pony wings" to some degree.

I hope your work goes well, and I look forward to seeing your progress!
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zip-e Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Student Digital Artist
not the original commenter but i think i'm relatively knowledgeable on wings! i think most of it lies in her secondaries - they're relatively short which doesn't make much sense as they need to have air underneath them. her primary and secondary converts are also angled downward which might seem like a smaller detail but it might tie the entire wing together? here's some tutorials and image compilations i think are very helpful. Winged People Anatomy: Wing Design / Dead Bird Wing and Anatomy References / Bird Anatomy- Part 1 (warning for dead animals in the last two).

in any case, your 3d model work is incredible, please keep up the good work! <3
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Saphi-Boo Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For me it's the transparency and...overall shape of them? It's like a weird mix between real feathers and mlp style. I think if it was more bird like or more mlp style it would look much better.
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Plaguetank Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019
Excellent work. I'm impressed :)
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Superrobert1 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019
Considering that show style wings don't make any sense I'd say you've done pretty well.
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